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ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild transformed their defensive unit before Monday's NHL trade deadline and the intent was clear the league's 29th ranked offense is going to get a boost from the back end.
In three separate trades since Friday, Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher moved three defensive players who had played a total of 1,186 games in a Wild sweater. In exchange for defense, Minnesota is hoping it received back players who can help turn defense into offense.
"We want to play a game where we execute well from the back end and deliver the puck up to our forwards as quick as possible," Wild coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "We're not looking for defensemen, necessarily, to get the puck and skate end-to-end, but what we are is a group that just makes a good first pass, executes well, gets the puck to our forwards as quick as possible. And I think that's how you force teams to deal with your speed the best.
"You look at how, when we...
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Newly acquired Greg Zanon doesnt foresee much of a transition period with the Bruins.
The Minnesota Wild has traded its longest-tenured player, defenseman Nick Schultz, to the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Tom Gilbert.
The deal was done on Monday, hours before the NHL's trading deadline.
Schultz scored his first goal of the season on Sunday in the Wild's 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks, but he's a stay-at-home player and the Wild have been searching...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Executing three trades in the days leading up to the NHL trade deadline, including dealing popular longtime defenseman Nick Schultz, Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher approached each move with a focus on improving in the present with an eye to the future.
Fletcher didn't believe the labeling that goes with being a buyer or seller at the deadline...
BOSTON -- The Bruins will have two of their new additions in the lineup Tuesday when they open a three-game homestand against Ottawa. Forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau, acquired Monday from the Islanders in one of Boston's two deals at the trade deadline, participated in Tuesday's morning skate and will play against the Senators. Defenseman Greg Zanon, acquired...
The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Steve Kampfer.
The Wild's career leader in games played, Nick Schultz, was moved to acquire a more offensively-minded defenseman.
Good morning from TD Garden, where the new-look Bruins will square off against Ottawa tonight. Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau are present for the morning skate. They are expected to play tonight. Greg Zanon is not here. Zanon was scheduled...
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Brian Rolston, who played four-plus seasons with the Bruins from 2000 to 2004, is not the only former local player who will reportedly be setting up shop again in Boston. Mike Mottau is reportedly heading home, as the Quincy, Mass., native was also part of the deal that brought Mottau to Boston, according to reports. Rolston came to the Bruins as part of the trade that sent Ray Bourque...
Prior to todays 3 p.m. trade deadline, the Bruins added Greg Zanon, Brian Rolston, and Mike Mottau. They did so without giving up any current roster players. In return for Zanon, the Bruins shipped out Steven Kampfer. The Islanders received...
Peter Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins broke their silence on Monday, making a few moves to help add depth to their suddenly injury-riddled roster. The Bruins didn't pull off the big splash that many in the area had hoped the team would pull off, but Chiarelli did add a few much-needed pieces to help the B's on their quest to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The acquisitions...
Greg Zanon, Brian Rolston, and Mike Mottau, the three players the Bruins acquired before yesterday’s deadline, have combined for six goals this season. The Bruins believe their future contributions will be most effectively gauged by other metrics.
The trade deadline has come and gone, and perhaps to the chagrin of the many readers who have spent the last few weeks proposing all sorts of bold moves to acquire virtually every star player imaginable, Peter Chiarelli took a more conservative and prudent approach. He didn't overreact to the club's recent struggles and break up a Stanley Cup-winning roster. Instead he augmented...
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Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau will play tonight against Ottawa after participating in the morning skate. Greg Zanon arrived in Boston earlier this morning, but he will not play tonight. Zanon will practice tomorrow with his new teammates, then most...